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10 things I wish primary schools did differently

10 things I wish primary schools did differently

My third and last kid finishes primary school today. It's a mixed bag of emotions, this end of an era. She is ready to move on and excited to start high school, but our family is well-aware that the decade-long relationship we've had with our little school is about to...

High-school is when not holding kids back really bites

High-school is when not holding kids back really bites

I've popped up on Babyology's The Parent Panel podcast talking about holding kids back at school, mothers-in-law, doing your kids' homework and what I do when the kids yell. Yeah, just hanging out with Shev and Kochie, as you do. You can listen to the podcast here:...

16 awesome book series for reluctant readers of all ages

16 awesome book series for reluctant readers of all ages

Many kids love books from the moment they are taught to read, but other kids are very reluctant readers indeed. Sure, they get the hang of their ABCs and can plow through an early reader with the best of them. But reluctant readers just never seem to make the switch...

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

My kids spend a lot of time outside, even now that they are older. Sending them out for a play is something I've done since they were small and we just never really stopped. But I get that coming up with outdoor activities for older kids can be problematic. My girls...

9 recycled craft ideas for kids

9 recycled craft ideas for kids

The great thing about recycled craft is that you don't need money and you don't need to muck around organising things. You just pull out the recycling bin and let the kids go for it. Our recycling boxes get raided on almost a daily basis. Before we put our cardboard...

A beautiful Alice In Wonderland party on a budget

A beautiful Alice In Wonderland party on a budget

When it comes to my kids' parties, I always leave things until the last minute and I always try to spend as little money as possible. This Alice in Wonderland party had the smallest budget of all. Which somehow seems fitting for an Alice theme. I always like to have a...

I’m fairly convinced that parenting gets easier (in some ways)

I’m fairly convinced that parenting gets easier (in some ways)

It feels like I've been having the conversation about whether parenting gets easier or not since my first baby was about six weeks old. The answer to this question was a preoccupation of mine from that moment on right through the toddler years and into the preschool...

How we foster independence in our school-age kids

How we foster independence in our school-age kids

Our eldest child went to a Montessori preschool and I learned such a lot from his lovely teacher. One of the first things she taught me was to foster independence. This meant not doing things for children that they are perfectly capable of doing themselves. When...

It’s time to unspoil your kids

It’s time to unspoil your kids

In many, many ways, my kids are spoiled rotten. They lead the kind of childhood that I hope they are proud of when they are old and tired like their mama. But, to me, there is a difference between being spoiled by experience and circumstance and being spoiled because...

Pokemon Party Ideas: How to throw an amazing Pokemon Party

Pokemon Party Ideas: How to throw an amazing Pokemon Party

Max's amazing Pokemon party had some big make-it-easy Pokemon party ideas: like a storyline. From the very beginning of the party, the kids were all Pokemon trainers, charged with catching, training and battling a Pokemon. We had such fun coming up with some fantastic...

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Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

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While everyone is very keen to get back to 'normal' schooling, reduced classroom attendance can also offer a wonderful opportunity to catch up on some reading. Margot Hillel, Professor of Children's Literature at the Australian Catholic University, has prepared a...

5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

5 reasons it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom

Next week, across Australia, kids are due to return to the classroom. Most will go back one day a week, building up to five days by the end of the term (this varies from state to state and school to school - for example, at the time of writing, there is no date set...

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